Jan 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; An official calls off the fight between Anthony Pettis (black shorts) and Donald Cerrone (bottom) during UFC on FOX 6 at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Pettis: Drop to Featherweight Isn't Permanent


UFC contender Anthony Pettis has been waiting in the wings for a title shot at 155-pounds after winning the WEC lightweight title in the promotion’s final show before making the jump to the UFC. When he got to the UFC, he was forced to wait and ended up taking a fight against Clay Guida to pass the time that he unfortunately lost.

That loss dropped Pettis from the title picture and the man that he beat in the WEC, Benson Henderson, went on to win the UFC title.

Now, with Pettis working his way back up the ladder, he had a chance to face off against the winner of Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez for the lightweight title, but he was ready to fight and sick of waiting so he took another opportunity.

Pettis decided to drop down to featherweight where he would get an immediate title shot at champion Jose Aldo.

A lot of things led to my cutting down to 145,” Pettis told the New York Post last weekend. “I was tired of waiting for a 155 pound title shot. It’s not a permanent weight cut (to featherweight), but a striker like myself and Aldo, it doesn’t really matter what weight class it happens at. It’s going to be fireworks either way.”

We have to agree with Pettis. This fight will certainly provide fireworks.

Pettis is one of the most innovative strikers in mixed martial arts and Aldo has been the king of the lighter weight classes for years. It is one of the most interesting match ups for fight fans in 2013 and it looks like a potential Fight of the Year candidate on paper.

If these two men can step in to the octagon and perform to the best of their abilities, we are all going to be in for an incredible show.

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